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making news in america this morning. >> the state of the union. the president's plea for unity. and his plan for economic revival. and a speech overshadowed by the events in tucson. we have complete coverage and reaction. new riots in an important overseas ally, adding to instability in the middle east. we're live on the scene. and overnight storm damage. could it be a twister in the sunshine state? good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us today. president obama delivered his state of the union address amid all of the usual pomp and
ritual. but there was a tone of subdued urgency that we haven't seen very often. >> the president said we will lose the future unless we invest in innovation, education and research. but that will likely be a tough sell in these tough times. emily schmidt is joining us from washington with the details. good morning, emily. >> reporter: vinita and rob, good morning to you. this was president obama's first appearance before congress since what he called that shellacking in the midterm elections. and with more republicans in the room, he said the future of this country will be determined not by lawmakers can sit together last night. but if they can work together today. on a night when dozens of lawmakers sat together, to symbolically erase the divide across the aisle, president obama said the stakes are higher than who wins the next election. >> after all, we just had an election. the stakes is if jobs and industry take root in this country or somewhere else. >> reporter: his main focus, the economy. >> i am proposing that starting this year, we freeze annual
domestic spending for the next five years. >> reporter: he vowed to veto any bill with earmarks and offer compromise on the health care law the house voted to repeal. >> if you have ideas about how to improve this law by making care better or more affordable, i am eager to work with you. >> reporter: the speech drew more bipartisan applause than usual. but official responses were skeptical. >> for two years, president obama made promises, just like the ones we heard him make this evening. >> we hold to a couple of simple convictions. endless borrowing is not a strategy. spending cuts have to come first. >> reporter: one of the night's strongest statements came from an empty seat, reserved for wounded congresswoman, gabrielle giffords. her husband, mark kelly, watched with her in a hospital room. as president obama called for civility. >> each of us is part of something greater. something more consequential than party or political
preference. >> reporter: president obama and some members of his cabinet will spend the rest of the week traveling the country to pitch his economic plan. the president begins today with a trip to wisconsin. vinita and rob? >> emily, we heard the president talk about new spending to stay competitive in the world. but did international affairs come up elsewhere in the speech. >> reporter: abc news ran the numbers. found that 13% of his speech focused on foreign policy. compare that to his predecessor, george w. bush, who routinely spent about half of his time talking about issues abroad. mr. obama says the u.s. will finish the job of pulling troops out of iraq before the end of the year. he talked about foreign, international trade deals. but by and large, his focus was on the economy here at home. that is certainly not a coincidence. you look at poll after poll. americans say the economy is their number one concern. vinita and rob? >> emily schmidt, reporting. thanks, emily. and, of course, emily just talked about that empty seat
left for congresswoman giffords. also in her honor last night, most lawmakers wore the black and white lapel ribbons. the white, symbolizing peace. the black, for those who died in the shootings. she'll be moved to rehab. the serious topics even got laughs in the speech. we'll show you that in the next half hour. >> on top of that, george stephanopoulos anchors a special edition of "good morning america" coming up at 7:00. we'll have complete coverage of last night's state of the union. the president is also keeping an eye on the increasingly violent protests in egypt, a key, u.s. ally. >> two protesters and a police officer have been killed so far, as tens of thousands have poured into the streets. alex marquardt joins us live, now cairo with the latest. good morning, alex. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. today is the day we'll start to see whether this protest has legs. the question everyone is asking, is whether the protesters can
keep up this massive momentum from yesterday, or whether police will be able to quash it. one opposition leader tells us they will be taking to the streets again. but for now, the streets of cairo are quiet. the tens of thousands that went out yesterday took everyone by surprise. the country hasn't seen anything like this for decades. and what started off as a fairly peaceful protest turned violent in the afternoon, with tear gas, rubber bullets and water canons being used. now, tahir square has become ground zero for the protest, which thousands of protesters staging a sit-in, saying they won't leave until president hosni mubarak steps down. around 1:00 p.m., the police decided they had another idea. they went in and cleared the square with rubber bullets and tear gas. we have to wait and see what happens today. >> alex, what role is tunisia playing in the chaos there in egypt? >> reporter: it's playing a very large role. all of the protesters we spoke
to said they were inspired by the events in tunisia. tunisia and egypt are different countries. but these protesters also want to see their president gone after decades in power. and they're also very angry about the rampant corruption, unemployment and poverty. >> abc's alex marquardt, live in cairo. thanks, alex. a government investigation has found that the bush administration illegally used federal money to help republican candidates during the 2006 midterm elections. the activity was organized by a special white house office, run by karl rove. but since the people involved have all left office, it is unlikely anyone will be punished. rahm emanuel's bid to be the mayor of chicago got a temporary boost from the illinois supreme court. the court ordered election officials to keep his name on ballots being printed this week, while they decide if he can run. absentee and early voting begins over the next few days. a big cleanup job in florida this morning, after some strong storms battered neighborhoods
from tampa all the way to miami. >> a tornado touched down in st. petersburg, sending a gas station awning crashing right on to a car. the driver had just gotten out of that car -- rather, gotten into that car. and it took rescuers nearly an hour to free her. heavy rain and 75-mile-per-hour winds swept through many areas. trees toppled. and thousands of people lost their power. elsewhere around the nation, it will be a snowy morn from northern mississippi and alabama, to memphis and lexington, kentucky. that snow mixing with some light rain as it moves into washington, d.c., philadelphia, new york and boston. it will get a lot heavier later on tonight, leaving up to eight inches on the ground by thursday morning. light snow from the dakotas into minnesota. >> 23 in minneapolis. and 31 degrees in kansas city. 40s from boise to albuquerque. and 54 in sacramento. 30s from boston to baltimore. 50s in dallas and in new orleans. and when we come back on this wednesday morning, grading the president's state of the union address. abc news experts weigh in. plus, your business news. a new toyota recall announced
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well, it is shaping up to be a slick morning in parts of the south. the wintry mix of snow and freezing rain that covered roads across tennessee has now changed over to all-snow. there should be up to four inches on the ground before it wraps up around noon. and with that, you should expect some snow-covered conditions across i-40, in much of tennessee. slip ray on i-5, from the nation's capital to philly, new york and boston. also, slick on i-70, from pittsburgh to cincinnati. and icy on i-4, from fargo to minneapolis. >> expect airport delays in minneapolis, boston, new york, philadelphia, d.c. and charlotte. president obama's state of the union address was one of the most subdued in years. >> the president's message was one of economic urgency. and the shooting of congresswoman gabrielle giffords and the mixed party seating kept party outbursts to a minimum. >> but there were lighter moments, of course.
like when mr. obama supported high-speed railways. >> this could get you somewhere half of the time it takes than using a car. in some cases, it would be faster than flying. without the pat-down. >> and for all the smiles, there were a few tears from the new speaker of the house, when the president praised his rise as proof of the american dream. >> that dream is someone who began sweeping the floors of his family's bar, can preside as speaker of the house. >> that was the only time the speech was stopped for tears. but it was interrupted for other reasons. the president paused 79 times for applause. 29 times for sanding ovations. >> was that enough time to change some minds out there on social media? the percentage of people who liked the speech was about the same as those who approved of the president in the latest polls. >> how about the pundits? abc's cokie roberts and matthew dowd graded the president on how
the speech played to washington's new civility. >> cokie, how did he do, trying to inaugurate the new era? >> i give him another "a" on civility. but the fact that the republicans and democrats sat together stymied then. they didn't know when to cheer or to clap. they didn't know how to behave. and i think it made it hard to get electricity. >> what do you give him? >> i give him an "a." and i would, if i was giving out a-pluses. which i never do. i'll give him an "a" on it. i think cokie's totally right. i think every time he ventured into a little bit of partis partisansh partisanship, he would say something health care. don't repeal the whole thing. but there's changes that can be made. >> and malpractice. >> and malpractice reform. every time he would reach across, he would propose a bipartisan solution. i think in civility, and a
follow-up from the tucson speech, this was an "a," for him. >> agreement on the abc analysts. we'll have more reaction on "gma," plus, a live interview from senator john mccain. the president talked about investing in education, hours after releases that test results show american kids don't know much about science. only about one-third of eighth grade students scored at proficient level or above. a basketball team in utah is under fire for trouncing the competition by more than 100 points. christian heritage high apologized after defeating westridge academy 108-3. the coach said it wasn't about bad sportsmanship. he just didn't want to insult the competition by slowing the game down. for sports now, here's don bell at espn news. >> good morning. i'm don bell, with your sports.
a big night. seton hall, taking on syracuse at home. pope with the jam. seton hall up 48-30, after the free throw. later in the half, rick jackson misses. brandon triche, he can't get it to go. keyon lawrence, in transition. nice lay-in. seton hall up 62-41, and working on the upset. jordan theodore, the reverse lay-in and good. seton hall with a huge upset win. 90-68 is your final score. top-ranked ohio state, hosting number 12, purdue. it is a big ten matchup. first half, ohio state up by 18. jajuan johnson, can't guard aaron craft. ohio state up early. less than a minute left in the first half. jared sullinger, from outside. the big man had 17 points. in the second, now, william and buford, he had 19. gets the three-pointer and the bucket right there.
ohio state wins, 87-64. thompson and georgia, mosting number 23, florida. georgia down by two. the missed layup of tompkins is there, for the lay-in and the buzzer. we have overtime. under five seconds remaining. earvin walker pulls up. how about double-o.t.? in the extra session. walker drives, misses. maclin, rebound and scoring. maclin had 23. florida up by four. ensuing florida possession, chandler parsons with the nail in the coffin. florida pulls away, 104-91. that is your espn news update. i'm don bell. now, back to you in the studio. a bizarre musical mystery is baffling beachgoers in florida. >> look at this baby grand piano. it arrived perfectly upright on a sand bar. no one seems to know how the instrument got there.
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and finally this morning, state of the union speeches are often full of pretty lofty language. >> and last night was no exception. here, now, some of the highlights. >> it's no secret that those of us here tonight have had our differences over the last two years. the debates have been contentious. we have fought fiercely for our beliefs. and that's a good thing. what comes at this moment is up to us. what comes of this moment will be determined, not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow. [ applause ] the future is ours to win. to get there, we can't just stand still. we know what it takes to compete for the jobs and industries of our time.
we need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. [ applause ] this is our generation's sputnik moment. and in a few weeks, i will be sending a budget to congress that helps us meet that goal. we'll invest in biomedical research, information technology, and especially clean energy technology. [ applause ] as contentious and frustrating and messy as our democracy can sometimes be, i know there isn't a person here who would trade places with any other nation on earth. [ applause ] thank you. god bless you. and may god bless the united states of america. >> the president, saying we all move forward together. or not a